|Project by Jim Jakosh||posted 07-21-2013 01:25 AM||3505 views||20 times favorited||35 comments|
I have these chestnut logs and not all of it will be turned so I wanted to cut some into boards. Running an irregular log through a band saw is asking for problems with it turning and binding the blade so I thought I should slide it through on a sled where the log is fixed and cannot turn and it does not touch the table for the first cut. So I made this simple sled with an angle piece on the front and back that is screwed to the log to control it.
I used a 1/4×10 pitch blade and it worked pretty good. After the first cut, I slid it on the cut side so I knew it would not turn. I just steered it down the line. I continued until it was square and then cut 5 board from the log.
Now I have some other logs that I’ll fit the sled to and do it again. I leave the back board fixed and just relocate the front one to fit the length of the new log.
This log was not too wide so I could actually slide the slde the sled along the fence for a straight line on the first cut.
It is made out of maple plywood a screwed and glued together. It is a pretty simple build but it was safe.
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